Two weeks ago, Google announced a set of extensions designed to make writing kotlin code more concise, idiomatic and pleasant called Android KTX. The objective here seems to be help developers to write less code! You can check the repo of Android KTX here.
To start using Android KTX you only need to put this on your build.gradle:
Now, lets start comparing kotlin with and without Android KTX:
Shared Preferences with Android KTX
String to URI
String to URI with Android KTX
Canvas with Android KTX
There's a lot of more places you can simplify your code. You can read the full documentation here. You can also contribute to Android KTX with new ideas, giving your feedback, reporting defects and requesting features.
Google is now giving androidx. names to its prefix packages as you can see at Android KTX. It is because they have the intention to use it in their future versions of Android Support Library to differentiate which APIs are bundled with the platform and which are static libraries for app developers that work across differents versions of Android.